It’s been almost a year since John Chen was appointed to save Blackberry and it’s clear that his grand plan has, at least, stopped the company losing money hand over fist. In the Canadian outfit’s latest three month report, it reveals that losses have been trimmed from$4.4 billion last year to a much more manageable $148 million. Of course, it’s clear that as the business reinvents itself as a software-and-services company, manufacturing smartphones has increasingly become a side project.
At this point last year, the company had shipped 4.3 million smartphones, although the bulk of those were older BlackBerry 7 devices. This time around, less than half that figure — 1.9 million devices — found their way into the hands of consumers, with sales dwindling even in former strongholds like the Middle East and Asia Pacific. We’re still waiting to see what impact, if any, new and “unconventional” devices like the Passport and Classic will have on fortunes, so there could be good news coming in the future on that front. Continue reading